By Deborah Bostock-Kelley

In the heart of Westchase in Westchase Commons is Tidewater Foot and Ankle Associates,  where in a predominantly male-dominated field, the caring doctor is a woman with firsthand experience understanding the importance of finding a good podiatrist. 

As a sportswoman her entire life, Dr. Megan Johnson sustained numerous ankle injuries in her youth treated by a local foot and ankle specialist. When she went through rehabilitation, she knew that she’d found her calling to help others. After obtaining a Bachelor’s degree from Towson University, Dr. Johnson received a medical degree from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in North Chicago, IL.   She completed a 3-year Foot and Ankle surgical residency in Washington, DC. with specialized training in limb salvage at Georgetown University Hospital.

On staff at Mease Countryside Hospital and Countryside Surgery Center, Dr. Johnson has practiced in the Tampa Bay area for six years. She opened Tidewater Foot and Ankle in November 2018 which serves the Westchase, Oldsmar and Palm Harbor communities. 

During the pandemic, the practice follows all CDC recommended safety guidelines to ensure patients’ and staff’s safety and well-being. Temperature and Covid screenings are conducted daily on patients and employees. Masks are required inside of the office. The staff regularly sanitizes high touch surfaces multiple times throughout the day, and patients are scheduled so that typically one patient at a time is in the waiting room. 

For established patients with compromised immune systems or those still hesitant to venture outside of their homes, the doctor offers virtual televisits. All that is required is an internet connection, a cell phone with video chat, or a computer with a webcam and sound.

For convenience, Tidewater Foot and Ankle accepts same-day appointments.

Dr. Johnson treats all conditions of the foot and ankle, including conservative and surgical care of tendon and bone injuries, fractures, sprains, Achilles tendon tears, arthritis, heel pain, plantar fasciitis, nerve pain, wounds, ingrown toenails, skin conditions such as plantar warts and fungal toenails, and elective procedures like bunion correction, hammertoe correction, and removal of neuromas (painful, enlarged nerves in the foot).   Other common conditions diagnosed and treated by Dr. Johnson include infections related to diabetes, peripheral arterial disease, and neuropathy.

She is proud to distinguish herself from others in the field by offering her patients the latest state-of-the-art in-office technology like EPAT shockwave therapy and laser therapy.  Using acoustic waves, EPAT (Extracorporeal Pulse Activated Technology) helps restore the body’s normal healing processes and tissue regeneration.  

“I offer alternative treatment options that patients may not have had available to them before. I use EPAT for tendon problems, heel pain, plantar fasciitis, and neuromas. EPAT provides excellent results with no downtime,” she said. “I also perform laser treatment for fungal toenails and the treatment of chronic pain.  Patients are pleased with the results when, after months of self-care or other treatments fail.”

Dr. Johnson stresses that education and the time she gives to each of her patients are among the many reasons for her many positive reviews.   

 “It is imperative to explain to the patient what exactly is going on with the foot and ankle both anatomically and mechanically, how we are going to make it better, and how we are going to prevent the problem from coming back in the future. I think that patients really do appreciate the time I spend with them to help them fully understand the problem.”

Dr. Johnson admits that her true passion is sports medicine.  Having completed many half-marathons, she stresses that foot or ankle pain is not normal and should always be evaluated. She strives to provide complete expert care of the foot, ankle, and lower leg for patients of all ages and activity level.  

“Westchase and Tampa Bay is such an active community, and I intend to keep it that way,” she said. “We’re local. We’re in your neighborhood. We’re proud to be your neighborhood podiatrist.”

Tidewater Foot and Ankle Associates is currently accepting new patients. The practice is located in Westchase Commons at 13019 W. Linebaugh Avenue, Suite 101, Tampa, FL 33626. Hours of Operation are Monday through Wednesday 9 am – 5 pm and Friday 9 am – 3 pm, Thursday by appointment only, closed weekends. For more information on Dr. Johnson and Tidewater Foot and Ankle Associates, visit https://www.tidewaterfoot.com or Facebook.